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2017 Veterinary Research Scholars

2017 Veterinary Research Scholars

Front Row (L to R): Julius Luvanga, Diana Luzuriaga, Asia Fernandes
Middle Row (L to R): Danielle Pickering, Emma Winkley, Mollie Burton, Annie Sheu, Kainoa Johnson
Top Row (L to R): Kelley Black, Sarah Greenway, Margherita Zecchin, Tae Rim Kim
Not Pictured: Chester McDowell 


 Scholar: Kelley Black, DVM: Western University CVM Class of 2019
Mentor: William Wilson, PhD
VRSP Project: Effects of Culex tarsalis saliva on Rift Valley fever virus MP-12 replication in bovine primary macrophages.

Molly BurtonScholar: Mollie Burton, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2019
Mentor:  Katie Reif, MSPH, PhD
VRSP Project: Prevalence and strain diversity of Anaplasma marginale in Kansas cattle herds
Further Education:
  • Combined Comparative Medicine Residency and PhD Program at Colorado State University
 Scholar: Asia Fernandes, DVM: Purdue University CVM Class of 2020
Mentor: Bonto Faburay, DVM, PhD
VRSP Project:Recombinant Baculovirus Expression of Rift Valley Fever Virus Nucleoprotein and Use as Diagnostic Antigen
Sarah GreenwayScholar: Sarah Greenway, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2020
Mentor: Lindsey Hulbert, MS, PhD
VRSP Project: Applied ethology methods in miniswine
Kainoa JohnsonScholar:  Kainoa Johnson, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2019
Mentor:  Deon van der Merwe, PhD
VRSP Project:Local area detection of blue-green algal scums using small unmanned aircraft systems
Tae Rim KimScholar: Tae Rim Kim, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2019
Mentor: Thomas Schermerhorn, VMD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VRSP Project:Effects of hypertonicity on canine erythrocyte size and osmotic fragility in an in vitro diabetes model
 Scholar: Julius Luvanga, BVetMed: Sokoine University of Agriculture, 2017
Mentor:Lina Mur, DVM, MScm PhD
VRSP Project:Development of a harmonized integrative epidemiological model for Rift Valley fever
 Scholar: Diana Luzuriaga, DVM: Tufts Class of 2020
Mentor: Jianzhong Yu, PhD
VRSP Project: Co-Localization of Unkempt and HECA proteins in HEK cells
Research Presentations:
  • Luzuriaga D, Li NR, Yu JZ. Localization of Unkempt and Helicase proteins with co-transfection in HEK cells. Presented as a poster at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, August 2017.
Chester McDowellScholar: Chester McDowell, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2020
Mentor:Juergen Richt, DVM, PhD
VRSP Project: Rapid development of diagnostic PCRs for emerging arthropod-borne viruses
Further Education:
  • MS, Kansas State University
  • PhD in progress, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, Kansas State University
Danielle PickeringScholar: Danielle Pickering, DVM: KSU CVM Class of 2020
Mentor:Natalia Cernicchiaro
VRSP Project:Association between administration of direct fed microbials with E. coli 0157 shedding in feedlot cattle
Annie SheuScholar:  Annie Sheu: KSU CVM Class of 2019
Mentor: Dana Vanlandingham, MS, PhD, F.R.E.S
VRSP Project: Characterization of viral entry mechanisms of Cache Valley virus using lysosomotropic agents
Research Presentations:
  • Sheu A, Huang YJ, Higgs S, Vanlandingham D. Characterization of viral entry mechanisms of Cache Valley Virus using lysosomotropic agents. Presented as a poster at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, August 2017

Further Education:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at VREC Westbury, NY
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA 
Ally FitzgeraldScholar: Emma Winkley, MPH: KSUCVM Class of 2020
Mentor: Jodi McGill, MS, PhD
VRSP Project: Effects of Vitamin A deficiency on immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection.
Research Presentations:
  • Winkley E, McGill J. Effects of Vitamin A deficiency on immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection. Poster presentation at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda MA Aug 2017. 
  • Winkley E, McGill J. Effects of Vitamin A deficiency on immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection. Poster presentation at Phi Zeta Research Forum, Manhattan KS, Mar 2018. 
  • Winkley E, McGill J. Effects of Vitamin A deficiency on immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection. Poster presentation at the Riley County Bugapalooza, Manhattan KS Apr 2018. Received 2nd place Public Health poster award.
  • Winkley E, KuKanich K, Nary D, Fakler J. Maximizing usability of veterinary hospitals for clients with mobility disabilities. Poster presentation at Research in the State Forum, Manhattan KS, Nov 2018. 
  • Winkley E, KuKanich K, Nary D, Fakler J. Maximizing usability of veterinary hospitals for clients with mobility disabilities. Poster presentation at Phi Zeta Research Forum, Manhattan KS, Mar 2019. 

Further Education:

  • Master of Public Health, Kansas State University, 2019

Publications:

  • Alhassan A, Liu H, McGill J, Cerezo A, Jakkula LUMR, Nair ADS, Winkley E, Olson S, Marlow D, Sahni A, Narra HP, Sahni S, Henningson J, Ganta RR. Rickettsia rickettsii Whole-Cell Antigens Offer Protection against Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the Canine Host. Infect Immun. 2019 Jan 24;87(2):e00628-18.
  • Winkley E, KuKanich K, Nary D, Fakler J. Accessibility of veterinary hospitals for clients with mobility-related disabilities. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2020;256:333-339.
 Scholar: Margherita Zecchin
Mentor:Annelise Nguyen, PhD, MBA
VRSP Project:Protein Kinase C Isoforms in Combinational Treatment of Paclitaxel and Substituted Quinolines